Apr 7, 2010

Work underway On $9.4 million Waverley Park Pavilion

Work underway On $9.4 million Waverley Park Pavilion

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

April 07 2010

Sydney’s eastern suburbs are celebrating the start of construction on the much anticipated new Waverley Park Pavilion at Bondi Junction.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, said the Rudd Labor Government was providing $2 million to the Waverley Council for the $9 million project, from our Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP).

"The RLCIP now totals more than $1 billion and is a key part of our Economic Stimulus Plan, delivering local jobs in communities across Australia by building infrastructure for the long term," Mr Albanese said.

"Importantly, over 50 local jobs will be created during construction of the Waverley project, providing a boost to the local economy."

Michael Forshaw, Senator for New South Wales, was at the park for today’s ceremony. He said that the expanded facility will include a multipurpose indoor sports court, seating for 250 spectators, a community function room with kitchen and bar areas, change rooms, a kiosk, referee room and associated sports storage.

"Club rooms will be provided for the Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club, and local first grade and community sports groups, including for rugby league and rugby union," Senator Forshaw said.

"Once completed the improved recreation facility will benefit local young people and families, providing a great new recreation and sporting facility for the whole community."

Mr Albanese said that in partnership with every council in the country, the Government was delivering more than 3,300 small and larger scale building projects like this one, including new and refurbished public libraries, sporting facilities, parks and playgrounds, and child care centres.

"In fact, we’re making the single largest federal investment in community infrastructure through the Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program," Mr Albanese said.

Minister Albanese and Senator Forshaw congratulated Waverley City Council and the local community for helping deliver this project, and helping build a stronger region for the future.